We know it's only March, but since last year's SHOW2017 was fully amazing and completely sold out weeks ahead, we thought you might appreciate an early head's up.
So while you are reading this post, open those Google calendars and mark June 1+2 as your annual date with the future of fashion, for this will be the Friday and Saturday when the students of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts-Antwerp Fashion Department will show you what they have been dragging out the depths of their souls and then skilfully morphed into something you wish you could snatch up on the spot. Last year I suddenly wanted to add a black death doctor's costume to cart. I kind of still do.
In case you needed a reminder why you should be here: Antwerp alums include but are certainly not limited to Demna Gvasalia, 2018 LVMH Prize-finalist Rushemy Botter, Niels Peeraer, Manon Kündig (who went on to Versace after graduating and is now back teaching at the Academy - we stan), Kris Van Assche (reveal the next step, please, is it a KRISVANASSCHE-thebrand-theParisstore-butnowpaidbyLVMH-resurrection?), Lena Lumelsky (she's in every Dover Street Market), Rihanna-favorite Hyein Seo and of course Martin Margiela and the entire Antwerp Six: Dirk Van Saene, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Bikkembergs, Marina Yee, Ann Demeulemeester and the great Walter Van Beirendonck himself.
I am particularly excited for this year's show. First and foremost, because I know and have been following the work and aesthetic of a couple of the 2018 Master students and love it, but also because during the first meeting for the official Antwerp Fashion Department Magazine (we made the team again) Head Master Walter Van Beirendonck revealed who some of this year's international judges are going to be. And to use a word in a way it's actually meant for: some absolutely I C O N I C people will be making their way to Antwerp and you have the chance to be in the same room.